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>I touched Kevin’s.

>Sue Corbett has just posted to Childlit that Kate Thompson has won Ireland’s CBI Bisto Book of the Year Award. Again–the award for The New Policeman marks the fourth time Thompson has taken this prize, with its 6000 euro check and a “perpetual trophy” that gets passed from winner to winner. But apparently the sponsors, overwhelmed by Thompson’s winningness, have decided to “retire the trophy” to her, and make a new one for next year’s winner.

Can you imagine if we tried that perpetual thing here? “Okay, Kadohata. Hand it over. What, you got a problem? Well, this baby is headed for Michigan, so take it up with Perkins.” Although I imagine that neither one would turn down the cash prize!

Yes, Kevin Henkes’s. I touched his Caldecott Medal. Held it, even.

Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. Anonymous says:

    >Go take a cold shower.

  2. Roger Sutton says:

    >Cripes, the Calvinists are back. There must be someplace the gold standard is appreciated. Time to go to the valley (a dollar to anyone who spots the reference).

  3. little brother says:

    >Is it an allusion to MLK’s speech? “Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. “

  4. Roger Sutton says:

    >No, and the author of the allusion is rolling over in her grave at the idea.

  5. Anonymous says:

    >Cripes, the calvinists are back? You mean that goes double for you? How quickly this blog degenerates into sex and hurled imprecations. Personally, I blame it on all those hours of opera. But it has certainly enriched my little life.

  6. Roger Sutton says:

    >My dollar is still crisp . . . think gold standard, the almighty dollar, and an author who actively campaigned against the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

  7. rindambyers says:

    >There are Calvinists on this blog?! Okay, time for me to take a deep breath…..and a time-out…and make myself remember that Roger is still in charge here…

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